Baranof Hotel to host 'Third Night at the Casbah'

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Five dancers and two drummers will perform during "Third Night at the Casbah," a four-course dinner with four dance sets at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Baranof Hotel's Gold Room.

Admission is $39.95, not including tax and gratuity, and includes dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dancing will begin as soon as the first entree is served.

The tentative menu includes: kakavia, a stew of basil, cream, tomato, shrimp, oysters and lobster; hummus; spring lamb chops; and a rich dessert cake soaked in orange-flavored syrup.

There are 65 seats in the Gold Room. To reserve one, call Steve Hamilton at 463-6236. If you have a large party, mention that you want seats close together. Payment will be accepted at the end of the night.

Eve Fieldhouse, a speech teacher at Riverbend Elementary, has been organizing Middle Eastern dinner shows at the Baranof for the past three springs. Daughters of the New Moon and Patshiva, two troupes in Juneau, have held similar events over the years.

Each dance set is approximately 15 to 20 minutes long and performed to prerecorded music or drumming. The sets will begin after each course is served. The final set will include a five-minute processional with improvisation.

The dancers are Shawn Damerval, Cheri Bell, Phyllis Scott, Adrienne Scott and Fieldhouse.

"We want the Juneau community to see a variety of Middle Eastern dancing and some North African dancing," Fieldhouse said. "Often these numbers have a bit of improvisation, which is a very common traditional practice in Egyptian and Middle Eastern dance."

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